How To Remove Copies of Your Tracks From iTunes

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Most people would agree that iTunes is an incredible music manager that continues to get better as the developers come up with new improvements. But, there is still one annoying problem that continues to bother the users and that is duplicating of audio files. Occasionally, iTunes creates multiple copies of the same track and even an entire album, which can be quite frustrating when you want to organize your music collection. Such duplicated files make it more difficult to find the songs you need, waste your space, and sometimes play you the same tracks repeatedly. In this article, you will find out how to fix this issue.

Find and delete duplicated tracks

Selecting the music files that have to be deleted from iTunes

In the previous versions of iTunes, all you had to do to find the copies of files was click View and Show Duplicates. In iTunes 12, you have to follow these steps to find the unwanted tracks:

  1. Open your iTunes application.
  2. Click on File and choose Library.
  3. Then, select Show Duplicate Items.
  4. Click “All” if you want to see the list of duplicates.
  5. Click “Same Album” if you need to view the copies from a particular album.
  6. For convenience, arrange the music columns in a way that you can see Name, Artist, and Album. To display this information, you should hold down the Control key and click on the columns. Also, make sure there is a tick next to Album and Artist.
  7. Then, you should click on the Name to view the copies next to one another.
  8. In such a way, you will be able to see only the duplicates. iTunes will find the matches according to the same Artist and Song. However, if you have different versions of the same tracks (acoustic/live/studio), you may see them on the list.

Once you finish the previous steps, you can look through the music files and delete the copies that you do not need. To do this, you have to:

  1. Highlight the files you want to remove.
  2. Select Edit and Delete (or simply press delete on your keyboard).
  3. Click on Move to Trash.
  4. Once you’re finished, click Done and return to the normal view mode.

You should remember that if you click “Keep File,” it will be removed from your iTunes collection, but will still remain on your hard drive.

 Viewing the copies of music tracks in iTunes

Prevent iTunes 12 from importing the duplicates

In iTunes 12, the copies are not imported if you drag and drop your tracks to the library, so there is no need for the adjustments. But, it’s still better to check whether your audio files are correctly organized. You can do that by following these steps:

  1. Click on iTunes and choose Preferences.
  2. Select Advanced.
  3. Make sure there is a tick on the Keep iTunes Media folder organized.
  4. Check if there is a tick on the Copy files to iTunes Media folder.
  5. Choose Reset all dialog warnings and click OK.

Keep your music collection organized

Once you complete the mentioned steps, your iTunes music library should be free of duplicates, which means that it becomes a lot more convenient to listen to your favorite music. If you get any questions regarding the process of removing copies of audio files from iTunes, feel free to post them in the comment.


Antoine DeGrasse


Avid rhyme maker, master of ceremonies, lord of the phones.

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